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Planned Signal Outage at Coast Hwy and Newport Coast Drive Feb. 9 – 12

Work will continue this week on the traffic signal at the East Coast Highway/Newport Coast Drive intersection, Monday, Feb. 9 through Thursday, Feb. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. While out of operation, traffic signals are treated as 4-way stops in all directions. Alternate routes are recommended as traffic delays are expected. Crews are updating the traffic equipment at this...

Pros and Cons of Balboa Village Improvements

The full moon crested the bay outside the windows of the Balboa Pavilion while a full house of residents convened upstairs in the banquet room on the evening of February 4 to participate in a discussion about the proposed improvements to Balboa Village. The Balboa Village Advisory Committee (appointed by the Newport Beach City Council) attended the meeting along with Mayor Pro Tem Diane...



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Take a Swig of The Duke

It’s a story that sounds like a movie script. One of the most macho and popular movie stars in the world passes away, and leaves behind a secret stash of high quality bourbon. The cache is stored in a locked facility, undisturbed and unknown...
Posted On 10 Jul 2015

Just Food for Dogs Serves Healthy Canine Cuisine

Like most drivers who were stuck in traffic along Mariner’s Mile during the months of road construction, I had a chance to look around at the business along Coast Highway that I previously had sped past. One of those kept catching my eye—Just...

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News from around Newport Beach   Newport Law Firm Wins Lawsuit Against TGI Frodays A jury slapped a $40 million judgment against the popular restaurant chain, TGI Fridays, citing its failure to act on lax security and willingness to...

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Benefit: Olive Crest Gala Goes Nautical at Balboa Pavilion

Olive Crest’s nautically-themed fundraiser at the Balboa Pavilion in Newport Beach on April 18 was a heartwarming affair that garnered more than $250,000 to benefit its Project Independence program for at-risk youth and young adults. The program’s message was brought home at the event by...

Local Focus: Newport is Going to the Dogs

This week we profile four loveable canines and their human companions. WRIGLEY You can probably count on one finger the number of dogs walking around Balboa Island that have been named after a baseball stadium. Meet Wrigley, a one and one-half-year-old MaltiPoo, who has been a Newport Beach...

Benefit: CASA Black & White Ball Nets $1 Million

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Court Appointed Special Advocates (also known as CASA) is celebrating 30 years of advocating for abused and neglected children going through the court system. As part of that celebration CASA held its annual Celebration of Children:...



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Curtain Up: An Inventive and Dazzling ‘Tristan and Yseult’ at SCR

When it comes to smashingly effective stagecraft there’s this thing our British Cousins do very well indeed. Call it the art of the ensemble, the troupe. Anyone lucky enough to have seen the entire Royal Shakespeare Company gloriously inhabit every last nuance of Dicken...
Posted On 13 Feb 2015

Artscapes: Newporter Stars in ‘Carmen’ at Segerstrom Center

Opera is alive and well in Orange County, thanks to Pacific Symphony. For more than two decades, Opera Pacific presented professional opera productions at Segerstrom Center. However, opera is perhaps the most expensive art form to produce (and having been an extra in an Opera...
Posted On 12 Feb 2015

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Subterranean Atmosphere

  “Want to do some old-school culinary spelunking?” I asked Stasha recently. “Spelunking? Old school? What are you talking about?” “La Cȃve. It’s a throwback to the Rat Pack era and been...

A Perfect Marriage at Pelican Hill

  “Chris, what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Pelican Hill? I’m desperately trying to find a through-line for our column and I’m so overwhelmed. It seems Herculean....

Hot Haute Hot!

  “Chris, I’ve had a beastly morning, it’s hotter than Hades and I’m starving,” stated Stasha, after she dropped her car off for service Friday afternoon. “I’m in a mood, so for your sake,...

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Christmas on the Water: It’s Poetry

Ahoy! Ah, Christmas is here, and this year’s 103rd Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade was spectacular, and my Captain’s hat is tipped to the boat owners who did a fantastic job of decorating their boats ranging in size from 10 feet to more than 100 feet in length. Mother Nature...

Decision Time for Barkley

UPDATE: Matt Barkley announced yesterday he will complete his senior year at USC and not enter the NFL draft this year. By Will Salem | NB Indy For most people, the holidays bring times of rest and relaxation with family.  For Newport Beach resident Matt Barkley, this Christmas...

If It Doesn’t Work, Toss It

There is a board-certified anesthesiologist currently running for Congress to fight for the 700,000 people in California’s 13th District to have control of their own lives She was born to be a physician. Her grandfather was one of two black students in the 1911 graduating class...

American Exceptionalism, Yuma and Kris Kringle

“American exceptionalism” is the notion that our form of democracy is unique (and superior) based on our egalitarianism, individualism, and populism, and our mission is to spread American democracy to the rest of the world. Back to this in a minute. I recently read a...
Posted On 26 Oct 2012

Making Memorable Introductions

If you’ve ever been at an event with someone you’ve known for years (or worse your significant other) and suddenly forget their name just as you have to make introductions, you know how embarrassing it can be. Not to mention the uneasy feeling that perhaps you’re losing your...
Posted On 26 Oct 2012

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